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Dana Dertien
Passionate about volunteer-ing, data management, and organizing. Dana is creating databases to better organize and manage all the current and future donors, artists, authors, community partners, and various other friends who support peace.


Carissa Abitalo
Passionate about film editing and a good cause, Carissa editied part of the footage of "What Does One See from a Minaret," a 2006 Spaces For Peace on-stage dialog event.

Jacob Begin
Passionate about web design, photography and anthropology. Jake collaborated brilliantly with us to enhance design and navigation of our website.

Matilda Cicceti
Passionate about peace; office assistant assisting with filing and creating gift scrolls.

Tasha Colin-Ellerin
A student at School One who cares and understands the importance of giving back to society, at Spaces For Peace, evaluates writings by authors about nonviolence and the social construction of race.

Colin Cronin
University of Cincinatti product design student; designing outdoor seating around a performance circle for a Spaces For Peace site.

Deanna Gardner
New England Tech video student; editing Spaces For Peace footage from its 2006 "What Does One See from a Minaret" benefit event for release as a DVD.

Jennifer Hale
University of Cincinatti environmental studies and product design major; designing a product based marketing campaign.

Shin Ji-Hee
Passionate about cultural diversity and inclusineness, Ji-Hee is a B.A. candidate at Brown University in economics, researching venture capital funding for Spaces For Peace.

Attorney John Lemieux
A member of the RI Bar Volunteers for Arts committee

Rebecca Lesiak
Freelance graphic artist in Providence; designing a fundraising campaign brochure for a Providence Spaces For Peace site.

Sarah Lueck
URI, BFA in studio art, with great interest in pursuing studies in architecture, conducting for Space For Peace architectural materials research.

Emily Macaux
A student of French and comparative literature at URI, passionate about arts as an "essential expression of human experience and powerful mechanism for social change", Emily will act as a liason to Spaces For Peace authors and develop a research project with local immigrant communities

Emma Sartini
University of Cincinatti product design student; designing jewlery products that give voice to our mission.

Rahul Sheth
MBA student in computer engineering: Assisting in setting up e-news and in making changes to our website.

Deming E. Sherman, Esquire, Partner; Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLC Law Firm

Barbara Slater
Media consultant providing media coaching.


Charlotte Britland
Arts & Business Council of RI "Business Volunteers for the Arts" bookkeeper setting up financial structures for SFP

Matilda Cicceti
Passionate about peace; office assistant assisting with filing and creating gift scrolls.

Cynthia Gallegos
The Met Center schools' individualized program in art and landscape architecture

Celestine Kibe
The Met Center schools' individualized program in art and landscape architecture

Monica Lee

Spaces For Peace office assistant; exploring visual art at SFP

Ariana McBride
Economic Development Planner for the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council; exploring the role of public space and community through SFP

"What Does One See from a Minaret" event-night volunteers

  • Amanda Brown
  • Heather Caunt
  • Dr. Amanda Graham
  • Gardner Knapp
  • Peter Nulton
  • Molly Jacobson
  • Tony Riley
  • Carole-Lynn DeGroat



Carol R. Scott
Communications Consultant

Sheila Wertheimer
Landscape Architect with Spaces For Peace. Principal of Wertheimer and Associates and Landscape Designer and Historian at the Florence Griswold Museum



Shawn Andrews
The Met School Students, program in art, industrial and architectural design

Cynthia Gallegos
The Met School Students, program in art, industrial and architectural design

Celeste Kibe
The Met School Students, program in art, and landscape architectural

E. Isreal Santana

The Met School Students, program in art, industrial and architectural design

Laurie Garcia
graphic design and filmmaker

Carole-Lynn DeGroat
Day job: bookkeeper for the RISD Museum
For SFP, she is developing a grant timeline and coordinating house-parties to introduce folks to SFP

Jeanne Melcher

Dedicated day care worker who is helping us update our mailing list



Joshua Michael Corrente
artist, non-profit manager

Liandra Diaz Martinez
community organizer

Josye L. Utich
Masters in Architecture candidate at RISD

Ceyrena Kay

Masters in Landscape Architecture candidate at RISD

Shawn Andrews

The Met School Students, program in art, industrial and architectural design

Cynthia Gallegos
The Met School Students, program in art, industrial and architectural design

E. Isreal Santana

The Met School Students, program in art, industrial and architectural design



Anne Edmonds Clanton
Founder of the Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading; formerly High School Redesign Project Manager with the RI Children's Crusade; founder and former Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Center for the Arts.

Rebecca Leuchak, Ph.D.
Medievalist and Africanist art historian at Roger Williams University, who also performs multi-media visual presentation with composers. Author of the book titled Kuba, from the Heritage Library of African Peoples, 1997 as well as a multitude of articles. Dr. Leuchak is the former Director of the Center for Global and International Programs at Roger Williams University, in Rhode Island.

Karina Holyoak Wood
Formerly with Peace Action Education Fund; the U.S. outreach coordinator for the Hague Appeal for Peace; and president of the Million Mom March of Rhode Island.



Howard Ben Tré
Artist, Internationally recognized for his object sculpture and public art installations of large-scale cast glass.

David Karoff
Past Vice President of Grantmaking at The Rhode Island Foundation. Former leader of the RI Commission for National and Community Service, David Karoff also has served as Executive Director for the Rhode Island nonprofits SWAP (Stop Wasting Abandoned Property) and Thresholds, Inc., the latter of which created housing for persons with serious mental illness. He earlier served with the Peace Corps in Cameroon and has a degree in psychology from Dartmouth College.

Bernard LaFayette, Jr., Ed.D.
Currently establishing nonviolence centers world wide, Dr. LaFayette was appointed national program director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Coordinator of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. LaFayette also co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. During the early period of the Civil Rights movement, he also directed Freedom Ride buses, voter registration in Alabama, and worked for housing rights with Dr. King in Chicago. Dr. Lafayette served as a mediator at Wounded Knee, S.D. to resolve the conflict between the U.S. Government and the Sioux Nation. He also helped prepare elections in South Africa. Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

He earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University. Dr. LaFayette is working towards making Rhode Island the first non-violent state in the U.S. In addition, Dr. LaFayette has served as Director of Peace and Justice in Latin America; Chairperson of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development; Director of the PUSH Excel Institute; and minister of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tuskegee, Alabama. For more info:

Lynne McCormack
Director of City of Providence Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism.

Dr. William L. Ury
William L. Ury is one of the world's leading negotiation specialists and Director of the Project on Preventing War at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Co-founder of Harvard's Program on Negotiation, he has mediated situations ranging from corporate mergers to wild cat strikes in a Kentucky coalmine, and from family feuds to ethnic wars in Russia and the former Yugoslavia and more recently with the Chavez presidency in Venezuela. He is the co-author of the best-selling Getting to Yes (Penguin) and author of Getting Past No, and Getting To Peace. He is editor and a contributor of Must We Fight? From the Battlefield to the Schoolyard-A New Perspective on Violent Conflict and Its Prevention (Jossey-Bass). His books have together sold more than four million copies. An advocate of The Third Side, a proven model for ending conflict that shows how to mobilize communities to stop and, in some cases, prevent individual and group violence, Ury and his work have been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek and on ABC's Good Morning America. He currently teaches at the University of Colorado. A newly created web site, is designed to stimulate discussion of the ideas in these books. He received his BA from Yale and Ph.D. from Harvard in social anthropology

Attorney Malcolm Farmer III
Volunteered for the Lawyers Constitution Defense Committee and the ACLU in the 1960s, moving to Mississippi to represent civil rights advocates. A lifelong supporter of civil rights, Farmer is currently a partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP.



Anne " Ahni" Rocheleau, Founder and Director
Conceptual sculptor, painter, curator, poet Ahni Rocheleau concentrates primarily on object sculpture and installation. She explores through her art our culture's relationship to constructions of otherness, reflecting on the human experience in time of war, often evoking loss, renewal, and rebalancing. Rocheleau received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and studied painting with Oliver Jackson at California State University. She has shown at Amos Eno Gallery in New York, the Richard R. Nelson Gallery at the University of California in Davis, and internationally including Canada, Medellin Colombia, Barcelona Spain, and Dortmund Germany.

Awards include the Walter Hopps (Director of the Menil Collection) Recognition of Merit Award for the Contemporary Arts Center, a DeWitt-Wallace Readerís Digest Foundation Fellowship, Residencies at the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, UCross Foundation, two Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grants and four International Convergence Festival Commissions, one for the International Sculpture Conference, and two Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grants.

For over twenty years, Rocheleau has worked as an arts educator, curator, and arts administrator in the non-profit, foundation, museum, academic, and government worlds, including founding the visionary art organization Spaces For Peace. She was Director of The Rhode Island Foundation Art Gallery; taught “Monuments to Peace/ Addressing War and Violence” at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); taught with the RISD Museum of Art; the University of Connecticut; Providence College; and directed art programs at the Langston Hughes Center for the Arts, CityArts for Youth, and the maximum security prison known as the Vacaville Medical Facility. She was trained in nonviolence under American civil rights leader Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. at the University of Rhode Island Institute, and also with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, Rhode Island.

Lowell Reiland, Project Design Associate
Lowell brings to Spaces For Peace his lifelong sculptural explorations of a universal, positive outlook. His sculptural work juxtaposes formal organic elements within geometric forms through the exploration of divisions and fractals: timeless classical and romantic expressions within the same moment.

Mr. Reiland received an MFA Sculpture degree from Cornell University. In addition to a two-year residency at Pulpit Rock Artists Community in Woodstock, Connecticut, Mr. Reiland has received an American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters award, two Pollack/Krasner Foundation grants, support from Robert Rauschenberg foundation Change. Inc, and the Connecticut and New York State Arts Councils. Reiland was assistant to the late architectural site sculptor Richard Lippold. His work is in many art collections including that of the late Richard Brown Baker, Sumitomo Corporation of America, and the Sultan of Brunei.

Presently, Lowell lives in Providence, Rhode Island after many years in Westerly, RI and Soho in New York City.

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